Additive Manufacturing / Business Strategist / Process Innovation

Carbon and Lamborghini partner to digitally manufacture parts at scale

Feb 11, 2019

Carbon has announced a strategic partnership with Lamborghini. Lamborghini’s first production parts using Carbon’s technology are a new textured fuel cap with the Urus label and a clip component for an air duct. Both parts are on Lamborghini’s Super SUV, the Urus model, which was first introduced in 2018.

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Carbon's digitally manufactured fuel cap.

Carbon Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) technology uses light and oxygen to produce products from a pool of resin. This approach uses over-the-air software updates combined with connected, data-centric hardware and innovative materials to enable designers and engineers to produce previously un-makeable products, both economically and at mass scale, according to Carbon.

“Through our extensive procurement research, we found that many of our vehicle components were ideal candidates for digital manufacturing,” said Stefan Gramse, chief procurement officer of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. “By partnering with Carbon, we are designing on the means of production, which allows us to produce more durable products smarter, faster, and more efficiently, while also substantially accelerating our time to market. We are looking forward to a sustainable, successful partnership with Carbon.”

Leveraging Carbon printers and DLS technology, Lamborghini, in close collaboration with Volkswagen’s Electronic Research Lab, is redesigning many of the parts in its vehicle interior, mirror assembly, and accessory components to produce light-weight, durable, end-use parts. Carbon’s Epoxy (EPX) 82 material is proven to withstand the high pressures, temperature requirements, as well as impact strength, needed for such applications. Powered by Carbon, Lamborghini boasts that it can now produce higher quality, lighter-weight parts, at scale and more efficiently.

“Carbon’s digital-manufacturing solution empowers companies like Lamborghini with the freedom to design and build better products on the means of production,” said Dr. Joseph DeSimone, CEO and co-founder of Carbon. “The automotive industry shows significant promise for using digital fabrication for production at scale, and our partnership with Lamborghini is a perfect example of the kind of innovation you can achieve when you fuse design, manufacturability and engineering all into one.”

Carbon’s subscription-based model allows for close alignment with customers’ business needs by providing regular over-the-air software updates, continuous education and training programs, and one-to-one customer service. This results in deep partnerships with customers opening up new business models across a variety of industries, according to Carbon. The adidas Futurecraft 4D running shoe, Ford’s new end-use automotive parts, and Riddell’s Speedflex Precision Diamond football helmet are recent examples of Carbon’s digital manufacturing platform enabling, what the company describes as, making what was once thought un-makeable, at scale.